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Pleurothallis dilemma

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I am growing this cool and moderately bright. It has been on this hardwood mount since April 2008 and will need to be remounted pretty soon. It also needs a bath of H2O2 to get rid of the algae on the leaves to look its best. There is a very thin layer of naturally occurring (and unwelcome) moss. There was no moss on the mount when I put it on. The plant dries most days between waterings. Next time I'll try to put it on a longer mount so the roots have a bit of room to run.

    pl.dilemma.specimen.7150.jpg
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Now, that is a specimen!:clap:
     
  3. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'll show this picture to my plant :D. Thanks for the post.
     
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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    What concentration of h2o2 do you use? I have some leaf algae I would like to control.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    those leaves look like green beans!
     
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    DPfarr Well-Known Member

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    Yea, I think about sampling mine from time to time confused it will taste like green beans if I do snap one off to try.

    I think I might mount mine. It does ok in a pot but the rhizome digs and never develops.

    Do you have access to conc H2O2 Bill?
     
  7. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Bill, I just use the 3% that comes from the drug store. I use stronger concentrations in the lab, but 3% will take care of algae. I spray it on and let it sit for several minutes. A bit of rubbing will take off stubborn areas. Be sure to wash it off after and I never use it when it is hot. Dont use it on nigrohirsute dendrobiums as it will defoliate them.
     
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    When you say you're going to remount, do you mean adding a piece to the back?
    Like I've done with this dedribium? ImageUploadedByOrchidsForum.com1415947428.261819.jpg
     
  9. sam1147

    sam1147 sam1147

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    Marni - this one looks like a 'picture' :clap:
     
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    Amazingly well grown!
     
  11. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Probably not, in most cases I will take a plant off the mount and put it on a new larger one. The wood is old and starting to get a bit soft in a few spots. I don't like to have something rotted between the plant and the new mount. The only time I usually put an old mount on a new one with the plant in tact is when I know that it is very sensitive to disturbance at the roots (ie Epidendrum escobarianum).

    I may end up regretting the choice, so I may wait another year or two until the wood degrades to the point that it is easy to get off.
     
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    piotrm Well-Known Member

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    great Pleurothallid - thank you